Media Statement by Liew Chin Tong in Bukit Gantang on Thursday, 2nd April 2009:
One Malaysia remains one expensive, shambolic publicity stunt
“One should judge me by my actions,” said Najib Tun Razak, after assuming his new position as UMNO President. The rhetorical flourishes of the in-coming Prime Minister is reaching unprecedented heights of incredulity and ridiculousness when measured against his actions over the last 2 months, particularly the coup he had engineered and sponsored in Perak at the beginning of February 2009. One need not look any further for evidence of the hypocrisy and the utter emptiness of Najib’s latest publicity stunt than the One Malaysia concept he expounds on his recently minted interactive website. www.1malaysia.com.my.
The stated purpose of One Malaysia website is as follows:
It is glaringly clear that Najib has failed to walk the talk of the high ideals and values stated above. Instead of creating a free and open space for the articulation of our common concerns and national aspirations, the simple demands and the legitimate expectations of all fair-minded and peace-loving citizens in Perak have been snuffed out through the unconstitutional seizure of power led by Najib himself (at least 54% of the electorate had voted for the Pakatan Rakyat state government under the leadership of Datuk Seri Nizar bin Jamaluddin). Such words like ‘open dialogue’, ‘respect, friendship and understanding’, clearly have no substance since these were the very values that were violated in the power grab in Perak.
Najib and the BN does not respect the right of the Perak people to elect the government of their choice. As such his One Malaysia concept is a sham of mammoth proportions and suffers the same fate as Najib, the man himself. Both the man and the concept do not command the confidence of all right-thinking and fair-minded Malaysians because his actions do not match up to his words.
One Malaysia remains one expensive, shambolic publicity stunt.
* Liew Chin Tong, DAP International Secretary & MP for Bukit Bendera